Bayern win the controversial Der Klassiker
The Der Klassiker, the match between Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund, always have ended in some drama after the full-time whistle. It was the 132nd Der Klassiker between these two teams in all the competitions. Bayern has a significant lead in terms of wins against Dortmund. They have won 65 matches, and Dortmund has only won 33 games. Thirty-five games have finished as draws. Soccer betting is always on a different level when the Dr Klassiker happens every year.
In this 132nd match between these two teams, the game became more interesting even before the match started. Because there was only one point difference between these two, the winning team would have taken the top spot in the point table.
Bayern had some worries before the match started because one of their leading players, Joshua Kimmich, was out due to testing positive for COVID-19. Corentin Tolisso and their new signing for this season, Marcel Sabitzer, also missed the match due to injuries.
Dortmund was in relief as one of the best youngsters globally in football, and a key player, Erling Haaland, returned from injury. The happiest sight for the Dortmund manager, Marco Rose, was that he came in as a substitute against Wolfsburg and scored a goal.
Both teams started the match with high intensity. Dortmund shocked the Bavarians with an early goal. German International Julian Brandt scored the opening goal within the first five minutes. Bayern was in shock for some minutes. But they suddenly returned a goal against the home side in the ninth minute.
Both teams were attacking well to find the second goal in the first half itself. An entertaining first half then drew to a close with Kingsley Coman giving Bayern the lead after Dortmund failed to clear the ball from the box.
In the second half, the real drama began. Bayern was trying to seal the game with a third goal, and Dortmund searched for the equaliser. The amazing Erling Haaland scored the second goal for Dortmund within three minutes into the second half. It was his 15th goal from 12 appearances.
After 70 minutes, Bayern was awarded a penalty for the handball from Mats Hummels. But Dortmund players opposed it and it looked like it was not a deliberate handball. But still, the penalty stood. Lewandowski scored and gave a vital lead to the away side. It was his 26th goal from 25 matches against the old club.
After the match, Marco Rose commented on the penalty: “I think that the Mats Hummel’s handball, where he doesn’t even see the ball, is a debatable penalty. It’s a shame that the game was decided like that. It deserved a different outcome”.
This was the seventh consecutive victory for Bayern over Dortmund in all competitions. In the Bundesliga alone, they have won five in a row against their rivals. The last time Dortmund won a home Bundesliga fixture against Bayern was in November of 2018.